ORLANDO, Flo. — Hospital officials appeared alongside patients Tuesday, two days after a horrific mass shooting in Orlando resulted in 49 victims being killed and dozens of others being injured.
Six people who were wounded in the Orlando nightclub shooting on Sunday remain "critically ill" and another five patients are in "guarded" condition, Dr. Michael Cheatham of Orlando Regional Medical Center said at a news conference.
Sixteen additional patients at the hospital are in stable condition, he said.
Appearing in a wheelchair with the doctors and nurses who treated him, one survivor said at the news conference that he thought, "I'm next, I'm dead" as the gunman fired toward his head that night.
Angel Colon was"having a great time" and beginning to hug his friends goodbye when "out of nowhere we just hear a big shotgun."
As bullets rang out, Colon attempted to flee, but was shot about three times in the leg. He says the bones in his left leg were shattered
"He's shooting everyone that's already dead on the floor, making sure," Angel Colon said. "I'm just there, lying down, I'm thinking, 'I'm next, I'm dead.' ... He shoots toward my head but hits my hand. Then he shoots me again and it hits the side of my hip."
Colon had "no reaction" as he continued to pretend he was already dead.
The gunman kept firing, and shot the girl next to Colon.
Once officers were able to enter the nightclub, one grabbed Colon and dragged him out of the building as the glass-covered floor cut his back and legs.
"I'm grateful for him, but the floor was covered in glass," Colon said. "I don’t feel pain, but I feel all this blood on me — from myself, from my other people."
The officer transported Colon to a safer area across the street.
“I look over, and there’s just bodies everywhere. We’re all in pain," he recalled.
Colon then thanked the hospital staff staff and said, "I will love you guys forever."
Gunman Omar Mateen has been identified as the person who opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, fatally shooting 49 people before SWAT officers stormed the building and killed him.
All of the victims have since been identified.